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Old 11-24-2007, 07:20 PM   #1
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Anyone driven 101 from Northern CA to Oregon in the winter? Have to go to Portland, Oregon in December, and instead of taking 5 over the Siskyous, which can be dicey, I am wondering if the coast route may be a better choice...I realize it won't be as fast, but certainly more scenic...need some feedback!!
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Anyone driven 101 from Northern CA to Oregon in the winter? Have to go to Portland, Oregon in December, and instead of taking 5 over the Siskyous, which can be dicey, I am wondering if the coast route may be a better choice...I realize it won't be as fast, but certainly more scenic...need some feedback!!
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Old 11-24-2007, 07:50 PM   #3
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You trying to avoid visiting me Teofff? !!

Sacs actually encountered snow on the coast in November of 1994 ...but the coastal route was taken to avoid the possibility of snow a couple of times also. One of the last times going home we almost had to chain up. We pulled over to get them out..and then they opened the pass up. The one suggestion is to try to hit the pass mid-day...or go the very long and possibly dicey coastal route...and let Gloria and the dogs enjoy the view while you watch the road!
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There is certainly less risk of "winter weather" [i.e. snow & ice] taking US101 rather than I-5 during the winder months. However, the trip will be slower and longer than I-5 from San Francisco. [635 miles via I-5; 700 miles via US101 to Lincoln City, OR then NE on OR18}.

It would still be my choice because of the scenery and less traffic. It is a rare occasion that the coastal route gets snow/ice, but during the winter, rain and fog can be elements to contend with.

If you have a choice of when you go, check the weather reports 10 days in advance and go for it.
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I don't know where you would cut over to get to Portland so this may not apply. I drove Astoria to Santa Rosa last July, 37' plus the toad. Between the rain and the fog is was a very harrowing drive from Astoria to Tillamook. I can't imagine driving that stretch in the winter with the same rig. Just my 2 cents worth.
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Two places that I know of to cut over would be at Reedsport or Florence. Either one will get you back to I-5 and still let you avoidthe Siskiyou pass. It will bring you in south of Eugene(from Reedsport Hwy 38 ...or is it 138?) or on the north end of Eugene (Florence-Mapleton area Hwy 126) With all the road construction on the south side of Eugene ..and south of there- I would choose 126 from Florence),
Either way...you will avoid the northern end of Hwy 101 in Oregon.

(PS.. I drove that route ..actually from Florence to Warrenton this past October for a job interview on a very rainy morning in a car... and I can understand why you would feel that way...but there was some breath taking views that I wanted to stop for once the weather cleared.. .but I also wanted to make it back to Florence before it got dark..oh well.. that trip will be made again t a much more enjoyable pace in the future!)
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Thank you for the information. We are going to Calgary in July for the Stampede. We plan on returning via Vancouver, Seattle, etc. I was wondering how to see the lower half of the Oregon coast without driving the upper half.
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I am going to start making it mandatory that ALL iRV2 OR Monaco folks must stop in Eugene to introduce themselves to me! I will become the "Toll Troll" of Central Oregon!
PS.. I better post that I am kidding - otherwise Rebelsbeach will team up with the Oregon Govenor to get rid of me for fear of everyone either giving up their iRV2 membership and avoiding Oregon !!
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Thanks for all the feedback....We are leaving about Dec 14th, so I guess I will wait until then to decide which route would be better...I know either way, we have to stop overnight in Eugene to pay the toll troll, drink some wine and say hi, and let Sammy and Charlie visit with the pins...but as everyone said...you just never know what the weather will be, and I don't own chains for the DIP, and wouldn't want to chain it up anyway!!!!
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Hi teoff,
I agree with MonacoMama, take the Florence route. we were just on that road a week ago going to the beach. Absolutely beautiful. There was rain and fog and some curvy roads, but all of the trees were cut back for big rigs. There was some bridge construction but it only held up traffic for a few minutes.
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